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Rod Thorn History and Perspective

After the jump we'll take a quick look at some of the moves Rod Thorn made while in charge of the New Jersey Nets.

Thorn has made some bold moves in the draft, including trading the #7 overall pick in 2001 (Eddie Griffin) for three first-round picks (Richard Jefferson, Jason Collins and Brandon Armstrong). Two of the guys they wound up drafted started for the teams that went to the finals. That has to be considered a huge win.

The very next day, Thorn traded Stephon Marbury to Phoenix for Jason Kidd in a six-player trade. The team was basically built in that two-day period. The Kidd trade has to go down as one of the best in the history of the league.

Thorn traded for one more superstar before he was done, getting notorious malcontent Vince Carter for basically nothing, and keeping the Nets as relevant as Carter's mood swings and disinterest would allow them to be. Of course, Thorn also extended Carter for too much money and put the Nets in cap hell (Jefferson's contract wasn't pretty either).

I guess Thorn's last notable trade was jettisoning the guy who put him on the map, Jason Kidd. The Nets got Devin Harris and a couple of draft picks in return, which was probably a good haul considering Kidd's age, and the fact that the Nets weren't going anywhere with him at that point.

Overall, Thorn has pulled some impressive trades and handed out some questionable contracts. Unfortunately, Stefanski only seems to have picked up questionable contract part of the job from him.

What does bringing him in at this point mean? Your guess is as good as mine. The Sixers currently have 14 players under contract, I seriously doubt Thorn will come in here and sign a free agent. A trade, however, is not out of the question. If he's coming in here with the mandate to clean up Stefanski's mess, no one's spot on the team is secure. I also have a feeling that adding Thorn means Doug Collins' input on personnel moves will probably be limited going forward. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

Finally, I really want this incestuous relationship between the Nets and Sixers front offices to come to an end. Think about this, Stefanski left the Nets and replaced Billy King in Philly. Then Thorn left the Nets and was replaced by Billy King. Thorn then joined the Sixers, effectively emasculating Ed Stefanski. Enough is enough. If they wanted a guy to come in and make personnel moves, there were better options out there.
by Brian on Aug 11 2010
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